A few years ago I made it one of my goals to make dinner time stress free. I don’t know about you but after a day of adulting often dinner was the last thing I wanted to think about. I was in a dinner time rut cooking the same meals week after week or driving through the drive through on the way home. It wasn’t good for our budget or our waist lines.
Here are my top 5 tips for Making Dinner Time Stress Free
Get ready to say good bye to stress at dinner time with my tried and tasted tips
Tip 1 – Meal plan
Often thinking about what to cook each night creates some stress around dinner time. Trying to please all appetites and serve a meal at a reasonable hour. Would you like one less thing to think about in your day? Planning your meals in advance can take the pressure off the afternoon rush. If you’ve planned for the meal it usually means you have the ingredients on hand and ready to go. It also helps to think about what days you’ll be home late and plan simpler options for those days. I’ve been using these wipe clean meal planners from Little Wooden Toy box, to plan and keep track of our favourite meals. They are stuck to the inside of our pantry door for easy reference, being wipe free makes it easy to swap things around as they change during the week.
Tip 2 – Cook once eat twice
In our house we don’t mind eating the same dinner 2 nights in a row. On nights when I have more time I try to double a recipe or make something extra especially when I know the next afternoon is a busy one. If you’re not keen on eating the same meal 2 nights in a row, how does no cooking and minimal washing up sound? Enough to give it a go? Still not keen? Try freezing the extra meal to take the stress off another dinner time.
Tip 3 – Freezer meals
We regularly freeze left overs and double batch dinners. Knowing there is a meal on hand has saved us from the drive through so many nights. This saves our budget and our waist line! I generally pre-portion the meal and freeze them as single or double serves.
Tip 4 – Favourites
I have a few meals up my sleeve that I know the whole family love to eat. Start making a list of your family’s favourite dinners to help with your meal planning and shopping lists. I like to take this list one step further and write the cook book and page number next to the recipe so it’s easy for me find when I’m cooking and meal planning. If you’re looking to expand your favourite dinner list try our family favourite No Fuss Risotto, it’s been making dinner time stress free at our house for years.
Tip 5- Don’t sweat the small stuff
One of the most stressful things I’ve found about dinner time is getting little people to eat what the big people are eating. One day I decided to let that go and as long as my boys were eating a nutritious meal then I wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t what the husband and I were eating. Now on nights when I know my boys won’t be interested in what we’re eating and I’m too tired for the eat your dinner battle, I pull out a meal from the freezer I know they will eat, making dinner time stress free .
I hope your able to use a few of these tips and that it starts making dinner stress free at your house.
Bernadette is an entrepreneur, blogger, primary school teacher and most importantly a mother. She explores various topics related to parenting, every day life (recipes, craft ideas, organising tips) and of course including fun into your life on her blog So Freaking Organised. Connect with her over on her Facebook Group So Freaking Organised Community, her Facebook Page or her Instagram account.